UN troops retake control of rebel-held Central African city

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Rebels abandonded their positions in Bangassou, 750 kilometres east of the capital Bangui, and fled the city following an ultimatum on Friday from the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA.

UN peacekeeping troops say they have retaken control of a city in the Central African Republic captured two weeks ago by armed groups waging an offensive against President Faustin Archange Touadera's regime.

Rebels abandonded their positions in Bangassou, 750 kilometres east of the capital Bangui, and fled the city following an ultimatum on Friday from the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA, the force's spokesman Vladimir Monteiro said late Saturday.

"The city of Bangassou is under the complete control of MINUSCA," Monteiro added.

Armed groups waging a nationwide offensive captured the city on January 3, forcing many residents to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"It's a great joy," Juan Jose Aguirre, the bishop of Bangassou, told AFP following the UN operation to regain control of the city.

"After thirteen days sleeping outdoors, people will be able to return to their homes," he added.

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UN peacekeeping troops say they have retaken control of a city in the Central African Republic captured two weeks ago by armed groups waging an offensive against President Faustin Archange Touadera's regime.

Rebels abandonded their positions in Bangassou, 750 kilometres east of the capital Bangui, and fled the city following an ultimatum on Friday from the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA, the force's spokesman Vladimir Monteiro said late Saturday.

"The city of Bangassou is under the complete control of MINUSCA," Monteiro added.

Armed groups waging a nationwide offensive captured the city on January 3, forcing many residents to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"It's a great joy," Juan Jose Aguirre, the bishop of Bangassou, told AFP following the UN operation to regain control of the city.

"After thirteen days sleeping outdoors, people will be able to return to their homes," he added.

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